Each of the students participated in the Association’s annual scholarship challenge, which asks applicants to submit information about their community service and their academics along with an essay discussing their personal positions on body cameras on police officers. A panel of judges including Keating Wagner Polidori Free attorneys Larry Free and Christina Habas reviewed all of the applications before selecting the winners. Read more
KWPF Attorneys Win Verdict against Distracted Driver
Keating Wagner Polidori Free shareholders Mike Keating and Deirdre Ostrowski recently won a six-figure verdict for their client, Dennis Newman, in a personal injury case in Arapahoe County Court. Mr. Newman, who is 64 years old, was injured when a distracted driver collided with the back of his legally parked car. As a result of the accident, Mr. Newman sustained serious and permanent injuries that amounted to medical bills nearing $60,000. His car was also considered a total loss. Mr. Newman’s injuries included a brain injury, chronic neck pain, fractured teeth, and eye injuries.
The distracted driver admitted fault in the accident, but she denied the extent and cause of Mr. Newman’s injuries. The distracted driver’s insurance company also refused to pay more than $125,000 for Mr. Newman’s injuries stating that they believed that to be an adequate amount. Mike and Deirdre represented Mr. Newman in a 4-day trial at the end of September after repeated attempts to resolve the dispute with the defendant’s insurance company.
Mike and Deirdre advocated on behalf of Mr. Newman to recover the expanding costs of his existing and future medical expenses and other related damages. The jury returned a verdict for Newman and against the distracted driver including damages of more than $300,000.
“We are very happy to help Mr. Newman in his recovery, and we are pleased that the jury understood the extent of the damage that distracted driving can cause. We are also pleased the jury understood that the insurance company had a duty to cover Mr. Newman’s extensive medical bills” Mike Keating said.